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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Collapsible Travel Scale

Travel Scale (Images courtesy Magellan\'s)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re on a diet or trying to lose weight, traveling can be a difficult time. Large restaurant meals and fast-food can wreak havoc with your waist line, and it’s usually never good news when you step on the scale when you get home. But now you can stay on top of your diet while you’re away with this compact travel scale. The foot pads are pretty much as small as they can get while still being able to effectively measure your weight, and can be ‘collapsed’ towards the middle, making the scale small enough to put in a carry-on bag. It features a backlit LCD display that shows pounds or kilograms, and is powered by two lithium batteries.

You can get it from Magellan’s for $39.85.

[ Travel Scale ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Kontrol Imperial Rollers – AT-AT Skateboard Wheels

Kontrol Imperial Rollers (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

I know in the past I may have complained about Lucasfilm’s over-licensing of the Star Wars franchise, but occasionally you come across an item that’s actually pretty cool. The AT-AT first seen in The Empire Strikes Back is pretty iconic, and while I’ve finally come to accept the fact that I’ll probably never own one in my lifetime, at least I can have them decorating a set of skateboard wheels. These Imperial Rollers from Kontrol feature a pattern of tiny AT-AT silhouettes, but I’m not really sure if they’re officially licensed or not. (I’m leaning towards not.) Your friends will have to get in really, really close to actually recognize the pattern of AT-ATs, but at just $27.99 from for a set of 4, it’s a cheap and subtle way to show your Star Wars pride.

[ Kontrol Imperial Rollers ] VIA [ TheForce.Net ]

Bluetooth Keyboard Lets You Type Even More On Your Phone

By Luke Anderson

I swear that some people spend more time typing on cell phones than they do on their computers. That would certainly explain why I-O Data has created this tiny Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard designed specifically for mobile phones.

I honestly can’t see how something this small would be very benificial to someone. It will cost a whopping $153 when it hits stores (in Japan) next month, so why not put that money towards a phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. With such small keys, you’d probably be better off.

VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Show You Cubicle Who’s Boss With Ninja Tacks

By Luke Anderson

Remember those cool Shuriken LED Lamps that we showed you last month? Well those lights might be a little hard to find a good place for, since you likely already have lighting in most places that you need. However, you can use a few extra thumb tacks just about anywhere, right?

I wouldn’t exactly call these thumb tacks per se, but you get the idea. Unfortunately, these awesome creations still appear to be nothing more than concepts items. I’m really bummed out because I already whipped out my card and was prepared to order these things by the dozen.

[ Chromoly ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]

Behold (And Purchase!) The Official OhGizmo T-Shirt!

By David Ponce

So this. Is. It.

After how many weeks of work, of back and forth, of a design contest and its failure, of crying and moaning… we have us the official OhGizmo! T-Shirt. Props to the Splitreason team for this. This first production run is available now in Black, sizes small to double-X Large, and will retail for $18.95.

Remember, we’re giving a dollar away to charity for every T-Shirt sold, and we’re thinking we’ll send the money to UNICEF, unless you guys have a better idea.

If you want a slightly larger version of the design, hit this link.

Otherwise, hurry up already, and go get one here!

[Buy The OhGizmo! T-Shirt ]

P.S. What do y’alls think?

P.P.S And yeah, we got a little inspired by the “winning” design from the contest.

XYZ Integrated Computer Desk

XYZ Computer Desk

By Evan Ackerman

Desktop computers are one of those things that are generally great in concept but poor in execution. What I mean is, designing a computer that’s easy to access and upgrade is a super idea, but why does it then follow that said computer must take the form of an off-beige monolith? There are always exceptions, of course, but the tower PC is long overdue for a makeover. The XYZ Computer Desk blends the expandability of a conventional computer with the usability and good looks of, well, a desk. All of the electronic components and cabling are tucked away neatly inside the interior of the desk, with just a few ports and an optical drive on the edge to give them away. Time to upgrade? No problem, just open up the desk and everything’s laid out right in front of you.

I imagine that there’s likely TONS of space inside the desk, and as such, each component probably keeps cooler, runs quieter, and lasts longer. I mean, take a look under your desk right now. Besides your legs, it’s all wasted space! XYZ says that they “designed” this desk/computer, but there aren’t any specifics on whether or not it in fact exists.

[ XYZ Computer Desk ] VIA [ Born Rich ]

Laptop Ziplocs Let You Surf The Web In The Shower

Laptop Protector

By Evan Ackerman

If you can’t afford a Panasonic Toughbook or a General Dynamics GoBook but you find yourself trying to be productive in wet and dirty environments, you might want to consider dropping 20 bucks on this glorified Ziploc bag from Thanko. The bag, which looks to be generally laptop-shaped (thereby differentiating from the far cheaper and most likely heavily patented Ziploc), slips over your entire computer and seals at the bottom, protecting most of your computer from inclement weather, rogue sandstorms, wayward bird droppings, or angry children throwing ice cream cake.

Laptop Plastic Sleeve

The cover isn’t completely waterproof, as there are vent holes at the back to keep your computer from baking itself, so it will most likely not respond well to submergence. But for you klutzy or adventurous laptop users, it could be $20 well spent.

[ Thanko (Translated) ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop

Professor Kobré\'s Lightscoop (Images courtesy Lightscoop)
By Andrew Liszewski

I hate the look of my camera’s pop-up flash, and would rather carry a tripod around for use with long exposures in low-light conditions than have to use it. The other option of course is to carry a dedicated external flash, but that can be inconvenient and expensive. But it seems a Professor Kobré has created a cheap and simple alternative. The Lightscoop slides onto your camera’s hot shoe and fits over the pop-up flash, bouncing the light towards a ceiling or wall using just a mirror. As a result your subject is illuminated by diffuse light which produces more natural results and even eliminates red eye or the ‘cave effect’ where the background ends up being underexposed.

The Lightscoop can’t be used outdoors or in large venues like a church or stadium since it relies on a light-colored ceiling or wall to effectively bounce the light. But at just $34.95 it’s a ridiculously cheap way to vastly improve the quality of your photos. The Universal version of the Lightscoop is designed to fit SLRs from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Fuji, but you’ll want to make sure your particular model is supported before you order one.

[ Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Bird Song Identifier Seems Like A Tedious Tool For Bird Enthusiasts

206 Bird Song Identifier (Image courtesy SkyMall)By Andrew Liszewski

At first glance, this Bird Song Identifier seems like it would be a great addition to any bird watcher’s kit. The device itself is about the size of a large highlighter, and works as a scanner for the included 54 page book. You simply scan the barcode for a particular bird, and you’ll hear a digital recording of its song played back through a small speaker. But while it might come in handy if you’re curious what a Sparrow sounds like, it’s almost completely useless for identifying a song you hear in the wild. Unless of course you’re willing to sit there and scan through 206 different birds until you hear the one that matches.

So as a learning tool for recognizing different calls by ear, it’s probably got some merit, but if you’re hoping to identify a bird simply by its call, you’ll want to get something like the Song Sleuth Birdsong Detective we wrote about a few years ago.

You can find the Bird Song Identifier at SkyMall for $99.95.

[ 206 Bird Song Identifier ]